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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 02/2012

HuffPost + AOL: The First Year in Numbers

| Posted 02.02.2012 | Media

As amazing as this last year has been for the AOL Huffington Post Media Group, we have even bigger plans moving ahead: more sections, more international editions, more original reporting, more ways of making the site -- and the stories we cover -- social.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 02.05.2012 | Politics

This week, America's poor, a group largely neglected by politicians, was front and center in the national conversation. On the one hand, we had President Obama speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast, invoking "the biblical call to care for... those at the margins of our society" and paraphrasing Luke in support of tax hikes on the wealthy (Question: Why would the Good Book have something relevant to say about taxes only now, but not when the president extended tax cuts for those "to whom much is given"?). On the same day as the Prayer Breakfast, Mitt Romney was accepting the endorsement of the gold-plated Donald Trump -- only one day after saying he was "not concerned about the very poor." Could you be more politically tone-deaf? They probably bonded over their mutual love of pink slips: Mitt: I like being able to fire people! Donald: I tried to trademark "You're fired!" Mitt: Glad you couldn't -- I would have owed you a lot of royalties!

Planned Parenthood, Social Media, and a Win for Women's Health

| Posted 02.07.2012 | Women

The recent reversal by the Komen foundation of its decision to no longer fund grants to Planned Parenthood is a case study in how radically social media have changed the way institutions relate to those they purport to serve.

Le Huffington Post Québec, une édition qui est tout sauf «provinciale»

| Posted 02.08.2012 | Canada Quebec

Il me fait grand plaisir d'annoncer le lancement de notre quatrième édition internationale. Cette édition de langue française sera dirigée par une équipe chevronnée, bien enracinée dans la réalité québécoise au plan personnel et professionnel.Il n'y aura pas de tabou au HuffPost Québec. Nous y discuterons avec passion - et dans les limites de la civilité - des questions de langue, de culture et d'identité qui font du Québec une partie intégrante du Canada... et entièrement différente à la fois.

Nothing Provincial About It: Introducing Le HuffPost Québec

| Posted 02.08.2012 | Media

I'm delighted to announce the launch of our fourth international edition, Le Huffington Post Québec, which joins HuffPost Canada in covering America's neighbor to the north.

My Favorite Black Dress: Love Story or Cautionary Tale?

| Posted 02.09.2012 | Style

In honor of Fashion Week, I want to revisit one of life's eternal questions: if you have a dress you love, how often can you wear it before reaching an unacceptable number of "repeats"? READ MORE

Nothing Provincial About It I'm delighted to announce the launch of our fourth international edition, Le Huffington Post Québec, which joins HuffPost Canada in covering America's neighbor to the north. READ MORE

Planned Parenthood, Social Media, and a Win for Women's Health The recent reversal by the Komen foundation of its decision to no longer fund grants to Planned Parenthood is a case study in how radically social media have changed the way institutions relate to those they purport to serve. READ MORE

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics

This week, I used my vast storehouse of football knowledge (i.e., almost none) to correctly predict that the Giants would beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. I did not, however, predict that supermodel Gisele Bundchen would make headlines with her expletive-laden tirade blaming hubby Tom Brady's teammates for the loss. I also failed to predict the Catholic Bishops' forcing the president into overtime in Birth Control Bowl MMXII, or Rick Santorum's trifecta on Tuesday night (is it time to officially downgrade Romney from inevitable GOP nominee to evitable GOP nominee?). Elsewhere, President Obama abandoned his previous denunciation of outside money (in the wake of the Citizens United ruling he had called super PACs a "threat to our democracy") and joined the super PAC parade -- a decision his campaign defended as a necessary evil, but which many viewed as just another example of this White House's willingness to waver. Even on "threats to our democracy."

Balloon Boy Politics: The Media's Embrace of Birth Contracalypse 2012

| Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics

The new supposed "culture war" may have captured the fevered imagination of the press corps, but not the electorate -- 71 percent of which still says the economy is the most important problem facing America.

Caught Red-Handed With a BlackBerry, During Fashion Week and Throughout History

| Posted 02.17.2012 | Comedy

At the beginning of Fashion Week, I pondered the eternal question of how many times you can wear a dress you love before it becomes problematic. At the end of Fashion Week, my thoughts turn to one of modern life's great paradoxes: how, in our hyper-connected lives, do we disconnect from our devices and reconnect with ourselves? READ MORE

Balloon Boy Politics: The Media's Embrace of Birth Contracalypse 2012: The new supposed "culture war" may have captured the fevered imagination of the press corps, but not the electorate -- 71 percent of which still says the economy is the most important problem facing America. READ MORE

Watch: Arianna, Lawrence O'Donnell Discuss The GOP's Self-Destructive Contraception Campaign (VIDEO)

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics

This week, as Linsanity continued to grip the NBA, the old fashioned kind of madness dominated the political debate as the GOP continued to press its self-destructive battle over birth control. Who could have predicted that Republicans would want to make the 2012 election about uteruses instead of the economy? So we got the spectacle of a GOP-led House hearing on contraception that didn't have any women on the panel, and were treated to Santorum supporter Foster Friess' nostalgic longing for the days when "gals" used to put Bayer aspirin between their knees for contraception. In 2008, Obama and McCain basically split the male vote. But Obama got 56 percent of the women's vote, and 70 percent of unmarried women. Now maybe the GOP knows something the rest of us don't, but I'm guessing that a war against women's sexual and reproductive freedom is not a winning 2012 strategy. Could President Obama -- still presiding over high unemployment and millions of foreclosures -- be the luckiest man on earth?

Abundance: A Reminder of the Need to Focus on Our Surpluses and Not Just Our Shortages

| Posted 02.21.2012 | Books

With unemployment still over 8 percent, we currently have more ingenuity, energy, and expertise than we have jobs -- and definitely more time on our hands. That's one reason I was so drawn to Abundance, a new book by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 02.26.2012 | Politics

Oscar Sunday is traditionally the one day of the year when Hollywood turns its back on sequels. This week's headlines, on the other hand, were rife with stories we'd seen before. In Afghanistan, 13 people, including two American soldiers, were killed in the aftermath of the burning of Korans at a U.S. military base (is unhinged Florida pastor Terry Jones preparing to demand royalties?). At the White House, President Obama again broke out in song, this time riffing on "Sweet Home Chicago" (as usual, the sequel didn't live up to the original: His "Let's Stay Together" was much cooler). Meanwhile, in Arizona, the GOP gave us the latest installment in the longest running horror series since Friday the 13th (this time out, Romney returned from the dead yet again after goading Rick Santorum into making a spirited defense of Senate process and earmarks). My actual Oscar picks: The Artist, Clooney and Viola Davis. The envelopes please...